Vacation Camps & Workshops

 When school is closed for a day or a week, our workshops and vacation camps offer hands-on time outside and endless possibilities for adventure. Workshops and vacation camps are for children in preschool through fifth grade, unless noted otherwise. Children should dress for the weather and bring lunch. Pre-registration is required. See dates below for specific times.
$70/child per day members, $80/child per day non-members.



Creatures of the Night
Tuesday, February 19th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Whooooo only comes out at night? Children will explore the habits of amazing nocturnal animals, from the stealthy barn owl to the adaptive red panda—learn what helps them survive at night. 

Winter Birds
Wednesday, February 20th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Do all birds fly south for the winter? Learn about the birds who actually stay in Rye during these snowy months including chickadees, titmice, mourning doves, woodpeckers, nuthatches, and more. Children will learn to identify these birds by sight and sound, and create some yummy treats to take home for our feathered friends.

Sugar Snow
Thursday, February 21st, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Join us as we tap a tree and learn the process of making sweet maple syrup. Children will get a chance to visit the maple sugar shed where they will see how we turn sap into syrup using the evaporator. Children will taste sap straight from the tree.

Glacier Nation
Friday, February 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

How did that get there? Join us as we search for clues that Rye was once covered with ice. Children will examine rock formations and stria- tions to learn how Rye was impacted by the ice ages.


Who Turned Out the Lights?
Friday, March 15th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Learn how people lived before electricity was invented. Discover how American Indians created tools and built homes without power tools, and played games without iPads or electricity.

Where Did You Find That Rock? *Preschool Only*
Monday, March 25th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join us as we explore the local RNC quarry in search of mica, quartz, feldspar, and gneiss. Children will identify rocks local to Rye and about some of the magnificent rocks found around the world.


Pollination Nation *Elementary Students Only*
Wednesday, April 10th, 11:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Join us as we learn about local pollinators including honeybees, butterflies, bats, hummingbirds, and moths. Learn how each of these animals pollinates different flowers depending on the time of day they fly.

Did You Hear That Sound?
Monday, April 15th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

It’s the sound of spring! Join us for the day as we learn frog calls and bird songs. We’ll discuss migration and who emerges each spring.

STEM Challenge
Tuesday, April 16th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Head out to our Con Edison STEM Challenge Course! Children will develop team building skills as they work together to balance our whale watch, fit through our honeybee high rise, and pump water through the Rye-agra Falls.

Where Did That Rain Drop Come From?
Wednesday, April 17th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Today is all about streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. Learn how our local watershed and Blind Brook are connected to the water cycle. What happens to rain after it hits the ground? How do clouds form? These are just a few of the questions we will investigate on this water-filled day.

Circuits, Circuits, Everywhere
Thursday, April 18th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Explore the basics behind an electric circuit. What can you use as a power source? What happens if the circuit is incomplete? What materials conduct electricity? Children will even get a chance to make their own circuits.

Whose Eggs Are in That Nest?
Friday, April 19th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Children will learn to identify local bird eggs and nests. We will search for robin and Canada goose nests in the RNC forest. Children will have the opportunity to create their own bird nest inspired by Rye’s common birds.

Let’s Celebrate Earth!
Monday, April 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a day where we celebrate the Earth. Our experienced environ- mental educators will help children differentiate between native and invasive plants which we will use to create wonderful pieces of natural art. Children will collect natural artifacts including forsythia and daffodil flowers.

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Registration now open

To check availability call 914.967.5150 or email To register download a printable registration form and mail to 873 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580. Please fill out a separate form for each child. Only complete registration forms and payments will be accepted to register. No phone or email registrations are accepted.

For more information regarding this program or to register, please download a registration packet.